Book Review: A Brush full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison

By Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson

Pajama Press 2014

In the foreward of this gorgeous book, Ted Harrison urges his readers to keep on reading, writing and painting to make the world a happier and more creative place.  Katherine Gibson and Margriet Ruurs tell the story of Ted Harrison’s life and inspiration for his work.  Photographs from his family collections, recollections, drawings and painting  trace his life and work from childhood in England to his eventual move to teach in the Yukon.  He explains that it was the “free lines of nature” and northern lights and reflections that inspired him in a way that has become synonymous with the North.  To quote Ted Harrison, “Art must be part of every child’s education…Painting is the last great freedom.  You can paint what you like.”  This book is a powerful example of a biography, an art book and a celebration.

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